FUNNY CAR CHAOS CULMINATES A LIFE-LONG PASSION FOR FLOPPERS
The Book of Proverbs clearly states, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
The impact of Funny Cars on a day at the races with his Dad, in the late-1980s, had a profound effect on Chris Graves. So much so, three decades later he's made them a central focus of his life.
Graves is the driving force behind one of the fastest-growing series outside of the mainstream drag racing community. Funny Car Chaos races for a niche market, but a niche market on a steady upward trajectory.
"My love for Funny Cars goes back to that day," Graves explained. "Watching Kenji Okazaki, Mike Dunn and the Snickers Funny Car and KC Spurlock doing those quarter-mile burnouts got me hooked on Funny Cars. I got hooked early."
Graves, a seven-year employee of Northstar Dragway in Denton, Tex., said track owner Gene Nicodemus provided the opportunity for him to create Funny Car Chaos, as well as other shows.
"I like to do some of the off-the-wall stuff and exhibition things to bring in crowds," Graves admitted.
Funny Car Choas began as a spinoff from Graves' match-race madness promotion back in 2017.
"It produced a lot of interest and hype, we had over 20 cars show up for an unproven deal," Graves recalled. "After that success, people wanted to do more. We really didn't know what to expect after that first race."
Graves picked up key sponsorship from Randy Ranew at RedLine Shirt Club, and former Funny car racer John Hales and his Best Of Texas BBQ Sauce brand, which has allowed the tour to expand beyond the Denton, Tex.-based strip.
In 2018, Funny Car Chaos expanded to four races, and this year there are seven, expanding as far as U.S. 131 Dragway in Martin, Michigan.
"We didn't predict anything, and we are just riding the Funny Car Chaos wave," Graves said.